On the spaciously wide stretched square in front of the Industrial Palace, we install ourselves. At day time a vivid corridor, packed with spectators and performers alike, at night empty and still exhaling the excitement. We acknowledge this setting as our context and try to establish our own stretched out temporality as well as our own somewhat overlapping locality.
Our resource is straw; a uniform matter. It demonstrates its texture through the same nature it also consists of. It is a biological agent that is a by-product of cereal production. Packed in handy units, sized by an industrialized agricultural process. Interchangeable with each other, like bits and bytes, they form the basic module of construction. The emerging forms are structures that serve as scenographic topographies creating points of attention or collecting spectators on a sinuous slope. Like an infrastructure they can be used by anybody. They also, depending on the current shape, provide a view of the territory. During the time of the event the straw stack sneaks over the square.
During this conversion it acquires different shapes. It transforms from an undirected platform into an aligning stage. Then into an arena, where the spectators look at each other, and into a catwalk, where the overview is lost to expansion. It nourishes on its own ruinous decay and feeds its construction site. It is constantly built and destroyed by all of us.
Demian Jakob and Nicolas Rothenbühler
with Maria Zimmermann, Reto Wasser and Luiz Schuhmacher
Artists Demian Jakob & Nicolas Rothenbühler
09 06 2019 10:00